Anthony Lister

Met Anthony Lister today, it was a real pleasure actually. His work is outstanding and he has mountains of energy. It was good to talk to an artist about art too because usually as an artistic type you don’t get that opportunity. It was mainly in regard to painting which is even less of an opportunity and it was enjoyable. It was like being transported back to high school and hanging with the passionate painters from my year like Joanna Kitas. The whole experience was positive and interesting and I felt inspired, it was nice to have him comment positively on some of my work too. Don’t socialise much but when I do it is quality. What a great artist suppose after meeting him in person I can see what all the hype is about, very expressive in every way.

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Strike a pose

Talking to a mate recently about graffiti in Sydney, he tried to slip in me doing a futuristic lady on our next work. I like the idea and don’t really mind but in retrospect it made me laugh. A lot of old school Sydney graffiti aspires to 1980s hairdressing salon commercial art. Flowing hair made into patterns pink lips and a bit of movement. Persoanlly I love it, I was always sucked into the pictures around salons in the 80s but why? Was it the contrast and striking pose? The promise of a future of hair carved into dramatic shapes by hair gel that set as hard as concrete? The future was windy and you needed hair gel, imagine all those hover cars messing with your look who needed that? The 80s really were a conglomeration of styles and eras, we all had a 60s fridge, a 70s couch it was a real mix. If you were wealthy you had new things but most of us had all sorts of objects that survived their decade and beyond reaching into the future, the 80s future. If anything the sounds were futuristic, but once again came from the 70s or 60s. There was a parody advertisement made recently by a rice cracker company with a styled 80s lady and I was so in my element, I could have just danced on the ceiling like a robot. They just got it so right, the blazing blue dress, the dark sculpted eye shadow the hair, now can I tell you about the hair? Picture perfect, all those bad ass criminals wanting that look on a wall, but it is art is it not?
Even a hardened criminal can appreciate that somewhat transexual look, that fantasy? Made me laugh when an old schooler a while back started smashing out what we could only see as gender bending female characters, unisex maybe? Well that is the history of early 80s piecing fuelled by Hair Salons and a lot of hope. Some of us are left carrying the flag, funny enough I still look at hair salon displays but they just don’t have that same impact as they once did. Not nearly enough hair gel to inspire a generation.

Some Thoughts Unordered

Just a general note on the holidays, had a day and a night in Hazelbrook that was relaxing and managed to do some small works and battle with an air compressor and spray gun. Back in Sydney and actually got to paint with Zap and Sheb under a roadway with mosquitoes and humidity. Feeling relaxed and getting good feedback on my work which I appreciate. Feel I have more of a community of artists now having gotten in touch with Nami and Travis. Rather be positive and create, can really feel how much I need this break too it has been a hard year for all of us at work at Resene with little to no breaks all year due to staff issues. Thinking that after March things should settle down and I can get holidays so I can at least get out of Sydney. Would like to visit Melbourne and Perth next year to work in new environments and explore. Since I had my youngest daughter I have not been out of Sydney that is around ten years so really need to get out next year long overdue. There is a lot to achieve and I hope to exhibit, it really has become a bit harder with less artists run spaces than a few years ago but I am feeling confident and very focused for at least one exhibition. Usually I don’t sell any works but it helps people who usually buy after to see the work in an ideal environment and experience the work. 

The coming years work will be large format photos of my aerosol work and sound environments maybe with some small drawings that is what I am aiming for and it will help spearhead my desire to get my graffiti works into peoples homes. I have one work that was such a pleasure to create and to see it in their lounge room really inspired me. Exhibited some large format photos a few years ago which were conceptual and performance based so I like the look and feel  just need the graffiti work this time. Got a bit of a plan this coming year which is highly unusual for me usually I wing it but can see this opening some eyes.